Kenya: Football League Resumes After COVID Hiatus

The Football Kenya Federation Premier League resumed on Friday amid strict COVID-19 protocols released by the Ministry of Sports on Thursday.

The match between Kariobangi Sharks and Kakamega Home at 3pm in Nairobi kicked off the restart of the league. The home team, Kariobangi Sharks won the game, one – nil.

All sporting activities in the East African country was halted on March 26 over concerns of the increasing COVID-19 cases.

The new protocols however stated that clubs must fumigate pitches before and after matches and the stadiums would remain closed to spectators.

“The revised guidelines place more emphasis on athletes’ safety, containment measures, vaccination and travel guidelines. We commit to ensure our athletes’ health is prioritized,” said Sports Cabinet Security Amina Mohamed in the fresh guidelines for the resumption of sports on Thursday.

Also, Football Kenya Federation, CEO Barry Otieno said that they welcome the guidelines but will give their official statement after meeting with the ministry officials.

“We welcome the guidelines from the ministry of sports and the matches scheduled for Friday and the weekend will continue as planned. It is good football has resumed and our players can now also start preparations for continental and international competitions,” said Otieno.

Otieno added, “[w]e are going to follow all the laid down protocols to ensure safety of players, coaches and as is put in the guidelines.”

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